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already seeing big delays as the first air traffic furloughs kick in today. a closer look at what the faa cuts could mean for you and your plans. >>> plus, the midwest getting hit with yet another spring snowstorm. major flooding and up to 6:00 inches of snow in some places. we'll show you where it is now and where it is headed. jenna: what drove the suspected bombers remains unclear in the boston terror attacks. investigators are reportedly already trying to question the surviving suspect although there seems to be some varying reports on that. some experts are now turning to their past for clues. their family traces their origins to a small area in southern russia known as chechnya. it is predominantly muslim country, or area. it has been in turmoil for years. with islamist terror groups launching a series of attacks against russian targets in a fight for independence in muslim states. 2002, a chechen group stormed a theater in moscow. there were 700 people in the side at the time. more than 100 people died during a rescue attempt by russian security forces. 2004, in the largest hostage
. a couple thoughts on this. one is faa knew this was coming for two years, had a long time plan, bat and you're seeing is controllers are being laid off at the same rate for the big facilities, as they are for the smaller ones. you think faa would say, let's see where most of the people or traveling and keep those fully staffed and be a little more surgical on the smaller airports. >> shepard: sounds like a lot of this is politics. >> does seem rather odd but i don't see the controllers behind it but the administration wants to make sure everybody feels the pain here. >> does that seem understandable to you? >> not real ly. it doesn't. this is one of our great assets in this country, the ability to move across the country, and yet the government is getting in the way of this to prove a political point. we have seen the faa budget for controllers rise 50%, and traffic is down 27%. so we're throwing more money to handle less of a problem, yet now is the time we chose to start making the american people feel the pain? it just doesn't make sense. >> shepard: the american people are already feeli
turbulence here in washington tonight. >> as the faa began furloughing air traffic controllers and the flight delays began. the finger pointing quickly followed. >> as a result of administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. >> congress had an opportunity but republicans made a choice. and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as, and i'm quoting republicans, as a victory for the tea party and a home run. >> if the blame was partisan, the pain was not. long lines and missed connections raised bipartisan concerns with republican and democratic senators asking the transportation secretary and head of the faa how much funding do you need to avoid furloughing air traffic controllers and to keep the contract air traffic control towers open and what could you cut from other accounts to avoid or reduced air traffic controller furloughs and contract closures and there were bipartisan proposed solutions. >> what i believe is there ought to be postponement of these furloughs to give all of us
regulators around the world sign off on resuming flights. the faa says it will issue its final directive on the dream liner later this week. >>> gas prices could be cheaper on memorial day then they were at easter this year. drivers will pay $4.06 a gallon in san francisco. that is down three cents a gallon if you haven't noticed in the last week. analysts say the price could go down another 20 cents before the end of next month. that is because crude oil supplies is up. >>> time now 6:21. doctors they are warning teenagers not to do something that is becoming real popular among kids. what some teenagers are now doing and why doctors say it's very dangerous. >>> we have new information about the deadly avalanche in colorado over the weekend. we will tell you the reason the snow boarding group was exploring that back country. you kids should count yourselves lucky. we didn't have u-verse back in my day. you couldn't just... guys... there you are. you know you couldn't just pause a show in one room, then... where was i... you couldn't pause a show in one room then start playing it in anoth
: the faa releasing a statement saying it will quote, be working with the airlines and using a comprehensive set of air traffic management tools to minimize the delays and impacts of lower staffing as we move into the busy summer season. do you find that reassuring? i'm not sure i do. good morning stuart. stuart varney from the fox business network. stuart couldn't we move money over from consultants and grants to help folks out in the control tower? >> let me spell out what we're talking about. $500 million this year for consultants. $474 million in wrapts grants to make communities more liveable and sustainable. obvious, question, martha, take some money out of the consultants bucket and put it into air traffic controlsers bucket to avoid delays. president says can't do that. i don't have the flexibility to target nonessentials. can't do it. so the republicans introduced a bill that would specifically give the president that flexibility, to avoid this pain. he threatened to veto it. that's where we stand this morning. more cuts are coming. more delays are coming. the president does not wan
. that is good news for anyone flying out at any point today. you talked about these sequestered cuts, the faa says a big lead the air traffic controllers. furlough days are being issued. we actually did see some delays because of those air traffic control furloughs. places like laguardia in new york and l.a. acts. lax at delays at somewhere between one hour and three hours. it did not really have a lot of affect here as at all but anytime you have delays around the country, it has an accordion of fact. that is what they're afraid of. they're thinking today maybe a day will restart the see some delays are around the country. you can see here in the board at sfo, everything was on time. we did not have a delays but that cannot easily change as a day goes on. we're telling people if you're coming to the airport and flying any time in the near future, make sure you call ahead and check the status of your flight. make sure your weather could be delays. a spokesperson is coming out and we are trying to get the interview with him. if we have any issues, we'll pass them along as they come in. >> with
, as the faa furlough air traffic controllers. leading to reports of flight delays across the country but they suggest it's nothing more than a political strategy to get travelers to campaign to reduce the budget in other areas that would not delays passengers. some of the spending and $500 million they are spending, quote consultants or the $325 million for supplies and travel. there is the department of transportation $474 million grant program that promises to make communities more livable and sustainable. you may recall tsa, different agency but speaks to the spending that our government level, recently okayed a $50 million contract for new uniforms. that is a lot of dough. are we spending it well. so tsa is under dhs which is not the same, the point is just that they spend and they spend and they spend. they found $50 million to spend over the tsa and uniforms when it comes to air traffic controllers, now they to furlough and cut back? >> the numbers are all there. you laid out important numbers there. $474 million to make communities more livable through the faa, honestly, money
as the national transportation safety board takes a closer look at one fire in particular just days after the faa approved boeing's plan to get its fleet back in the air. dan springer is live in seattle. dan? >> reporter: yeah, jon. the faa approved the battery fix even as the company answers tough questions about the fire back in january that led to the dreamliner fleet getting grounded. the plane's lithium ion battery sured a short which led to the failure of all eight cells. boeing's new plan includes a redesigned battery that has more insulation between the cells to prevent what's called thermal runaway. the battery charger has been redesigned to reduce the total amount of energy in the battery so it doesn't work as hard, and it's going to be in a better steel containment box that won't allow oxygen to fuel a fire. the ntsb put boeing on the defensive this morning about its assumptions that turned out to be wrong. >> what we can't do is we can't account for every single possible method of short circuit, particularly what we would consider the unknown unknowns. >> reporter: boeing says it has
at the airport. the f.a.a. imposing furloughs on thousands of employees. those cuts are being blamed on sequester. guess what? delays, delays, delays. >>steve: with fewer workers responsible for the same number of planes that means you're going to have to wait. here now stuart varney, we're not going to make him wait. the scare quester didn't work. now what they're trying to do is inflict pain. people are going to sit on planes, they're going to call their congressmen. "you've got to do something about it! " >> that's right. quick pop quiz. did you know the f.a.a., the people who run the air traffic system, this year they will spend $500 million on consultants, $325 million on supplies and travel, $474 million on grants to make communities more livable and sustainable. >>steve: are you saying there's money available where they don't have to furlough those guys? >> exactly. why don't you take some of that money and put it into the air traffic controllers' bucket so we don't have to have these delays? because the president says we don't have the flexibility. we cannot redirect spending. not allowed
, there were about 3,000 delays because there was severe weather in large parts of the country. the faa estimates nationally that these delays would cost 6,700 delays a day. >>> a nuclear power plan in the eastern tennessee has extra security this morning after a shooting there over the weekend. police say a man fired shots at a guard, who then returned fire. it happened at the watts plant in spring city. no one was hurt. >>> new york mayor michael bloomberg wants to raise the legal age from 21 to 18. these would be the strictest limits of any big city but would only affect purchases. it would not prohibit people younger than 21 from having or smoking cigarettes. >>> now to your "first look" at what's moving your money today, courtney reagan joins us. good morning. >> good morning, apple reports today, with the stock in freefall dropping below 400 after peaking above 700 in september, you know it's the talk of wall street. apple is still selling a record number of iphones and ipads, but the growth is growing and competition from samsung and other smart phone workers. >>> seven banks inc
-long delays because apparently the sequester is going to cause it. the f.a.a. beginning furloughs for employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. some say it's purely political. >> when the f.a.a. was shut down a few years ago, flights weren't affected. it seems to me like there is a request or directive out there to take steps so that passengers will be inconvenienced and that they'll call their elected officials to get them to take action. >>gretchen: some of the nation's busiest airport including in new york and washington already experiencing delays and longer wait times for security. >> real-life drama for actress reese witherspoon. the oscar winner arrested for disorderly conduct in atlanta after her husband was apparently pulled over for a d.u.i. as he was given a sobriety test reece reportedly got out of the car. the officers told her to get out of the car but she didn't listen. she said do you know my name? you'll be on the evening news. later she apologized. >>steve: is that her mug shot? >>gretchen: it was. >>steve: i think you're supposed to be looking at the
that could be starting today, folks. the faa beginning furloughs, forced days off for their employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. airports across the country are bracing for an hour-long debase in many cases. critics say this move they believe is political. let's find out what peter goelz thinks about, former director of the nts. about, the national transportation safety board. peter, thanks for being here. good to see you. >> good to see you. martha: we're told today could have some pretty big snarls at the nation's airport. what do you think? >> i think we'll see some slow-ups. the federal aviation administration is taking 60% of the cuts at dot. that is $647 million in cuts. people are going to be laid off and things are going to go slowly. martha: why do you think that is, that they're bearing such a brunt of these budget cuts? >> at d.o.t. they have five modes, pipelines, trails, trucks, aviation. aviation is where the big programs are, the big money are and where the most employees are. not only air traffic controllers but air inspectors and the whole certificatio
have to prepare for long lines. government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the faa and other agencies to cut some spending. f furloughs kicked in yesterday. the agency will furlough some 15,000 air traffic controllers. because of the cuts airports say passengers should expect increased delays. the length of the delays will vary depending on the schedule and situation at each specific airport. employees at the epa, office of management and budget, also face furloughs starting this week. >>> residents and investigators continue their search today through the destruction in west, texas, to try to figure out what caused the fertilizer plant there to explode. investigators say they found the origin of the explosion, but they still don't know what caused the initial fire that led to the blast last wednesday. fertilizer company is working closely with authorities to aid the investigation. the death toll from the blast remains at 14. a public memorial for first responders will take place in the town later this week. by the way, all the presidents, ex and otherwise will be i
hill? republicans going to try to pass something specific to faa? >> does this mean they are going to try to do a every time there is a problem? >> or do you try to do the big piece? >> i have to go to shameless plugs. >> 50th anniversary for the lawyers committee. go to the website. >> we have to build a workforce. 50% of the governors out there in their state of the union addresses talk about education. >> it's a great study. i know what you are talking about. my republican polling partner did a great analysis of the state of the state education. >> it is not glamorous but essential. >> pete williams. >> here it is. that is the way to look at it. that's it for this edition of "the daily run down" we know there is potentially intriguing breaking news. tomorrow we will talk to congressman mike mccall just hours after he received a top secret briefing. >>> and taking a dive to the race for john kerry's former senate seat. chris jansing, bye-bye. at the airports not too many problems. most likely be areas like kansas city or chicago or st. louis with rain or thunderstorms moving thro
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
a question whether they will come in. you have a 3 1/2 mile faa advisesy over the city of watertown. no taxis are allowed to pick up anybody in boston the governor is asking everyone shelter in place obviously. the mbta which is our transit is not traveling anywhere. so right now everything is in lockdown. i'll tell you what, people get it. they understand what is at stake here. they understand that everybody throughout the world is watching and we need to give our law enforcement personnel the tools and the ability their jobs and do it well without worrying about any civilian casualties being part of this whole situation. jon: and they have done that job well. i mean, you know, from the minute the fbi released the photographs, i mean the responses to these various criminal events that took place in and around cambridge, boston, watertown, were met with an overwhelming response. >> yeah. jon: you've got all kinds of police aunl sis there up to and including the national guard. >> as a member of the national ard i'm keenly aware what their role is and their role is certainly to make sure that
airports. those delays mainly because of the furloughs at the 13 largest airports. faa warning in some cases passengers could see delays up to 90 minutes or more. that is nationwide. this is all part of the sequestration cuts imposed by congress in order try and save more than $600 million. we'll have a look at your local weather and traffic right after this break. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. >>> current temperatures already showing numbers closing in on 80 around livermore, fairfield. some of the warmer places we'll see. slight offshore breeze. we should see the sea breeze kick in later this afternoon. but in the meantime upper 80s to low 90s for valley temperatures, 70s closer to san francisco. cooler temperatures start to arrive tomorrow. more
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